Old reloader and some recipes!
Back when I was heavily into competition shooting, I reloaded. I had a Lyman press, RCBS casting equipment, RCBS sizer/luber, Lyman powder measure, Lyman scale and Lee priming tool. I had to buy primes and powder. I got all the lead that I could ever need at work--free! If I wrote off my time to do the loading, it cost me about .04 a round to load .38's and .05 a round for .44's or .45's. I reloaded for years. Heck, when they got a bit older, I put my kids to work doing it, also (they were supervised and taught to have a good healthy respect for what they were doing--I demonstrated the power of gun powder and primers to them).
I just gave up on it last year. I sold all my equipment and bought a bunch of ammo with the money. If I was to get back into it, I would definitely get a Dillion Progressive loading press. It doesn't cost much more than a single stage or turret press and as Chuck43 says, it will load a bunch of rounds in an hour. While I always enjoyed the peace and quiet of my reloading room, I'd rather spend my time shooting!!!
As for loads, I made:
- .38 Spl target loads used a 150 grain Keith type hard cast lead semi-wadcutter over 2.8 grains of Bullseye powder. General purpose .38's with the same bullet over 5 grains of Unique (a stout load, but accurate as hell). All of these with small standard pistol primer, usually CCI.
-.357 magnums, I used the same Keith type bullet over 15 grains of 2400 powder with a CCI magnum small pistol primer.
-.44 Spl's were loaded with a 250 grain Keith type hard cast lead semi-wadcutter over 7.5 grains of Unique powder and a CCI large standard pistol primer.
-.45 Colt's were loaded with 250 grain Keith type hard cast lead semi-wadcutters over 8.5 grains of Unique and a CCI large standard pistol primer.
-.45 ACP target loads were loaded with a 235 grain hard cast lead semi-wadcutter, over 3.5 grains of Bulleye and a CCI large standard pistol primer. General purpose .45 ACP loads with the same bullet and 5.5 grains of Unique powder and a standard CCI large primer.
-.44 Magnums were loaded with the 250 grain hard cast Keith type bullet over 22 grains of 2400 powder and a CCI large magnum pistol primer.
You may substitute jacketed bullets of the same weight range in any of the magnum loads, but that's gonna cost extra!!
There you have my recipes. You may add salt to taste!!!